See Brody run

Sun­ny­side boy joins cross-coun­try run­ning af­ter tragic ac­ci­dent

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS TC ME­DIA jonathan.par­sons@thep­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

“I just want to run, I like run­ning,” Brody Holmes told his mom, Amanda DroverHolmes in Septem­ber.

Amanda, who had re­cently re­turned to her home­town of Sun­ny­side, re­ceived a call from Brody’s school, Tri­cen­tia Academy, to see if it was okay for him to join the other kids in cross-coun­try this year.

The call came about be­cause eight-year-old Brody, who is orig­i­nally from Shearstown, was only re­cently able to walk again af­ter a very hard year and a half.

“I didn’t even think about him do­ing some­thing like this last year,” Amanda told TC Me­dia.

On April 21, 2015, Amanda, her father and Brody were in a ter­ri­ble two-car ac­ci­dent on the Trans-Canada High­way.

Amanda’s father and the driver of the other ve­hi­cle were killed. Amanda and Brody were left badly in­jured.

Brody broke both of his fe­murs and re­quired two metal rods in his legs. He had to use both a wheel­chair and a walker to get around.

“He’s been through more for a lit­tle boy his age than any adult prob­a­bly should have to go through,” said Amanda.

Both Amanda and Brody didn’t even get out of hospi­tal un­til Au­gust 2015.

He went through months of phys­i­cal ther­apy and learned to walk again af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

All last year he was pro­hib­ited from par­tic­i­pat­ing in any school sports be­cause of his con­di­tion.

“The doc­tor was try­ing to pre­vent any fe­mur dam­age what­so­ever,” said Amanda.

He had to give up TaeK­won-Do and couldn’t even par­tic­i­pate in some class field trips last year, dur­ing his re­cov­ery.

Brody fin­ished his last stint of phys­io­ther­apy a month be­fore school this year af­ter doc­tors told them the best ther­apy from now on is to “run around and be a kid again.”

And Brody is con­tin­u­ing to do just that.

The cross-coun­try group at Tri­cen­tia Academy has al­ready held a meet in their gym and were sched­uled to visit Bishop White School in Port Rex­ton and Ran­dom Is­land Academy for run­ning events in Oc­to­ber.

Brody says he likes get­ting out­side with his friends and loves an­i­mals. He joined the Earth Rangers to help save en­dan­gered species of the world.

Since his re­cov­ery in the Janeway Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, Brody also ded­i­cates his time to help fundraise for the Ron­ald McDon­ald House.

“He wanted to give back to Ron­ald McDon­ald House be­cause that was our home­away-from-home for 50 nights while we were in the hospi­tal,” said Amanda.

He raised $2,600 with the fundraiser. He’s do­ing it again this fall.

Amanda was hes­i­tant at first when Brody said he wanted to run, be­ing a self- pro­fessed pro­tec­tive sin­gle par­ent, but she is proud of him.

She says she tells Brody how de­ter­mined he is to do what he does, but he just sees it as be­ing a kid.

Af­ter see­ing him run, Amanda says she was amazed.

“He did re­ally good … I was in cross-coun­try when I was a kid and that nearly killed me! But for him, he didn’t even think twice about do­ing it.

“To see him run­ning, melted my heart big time.”

Amanda still feels the ef­fects of the ac­ci­dent to­day. She has steel plates in her pelvis, legs and arm, but she says see­ing Brody run­ning makes it eas­ier for her to cope with her strug­gles.

“He’s an in­spi­ra­tion to me.” it

To see him run­ning, it melted my heart big time. Amanda Drover-Holmes

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Brody Holmes and his mom, Amanda Drover-Holmes.

JONATHAN PAR­SONS/TC ME­DIA

Brody run­ning at a re­cent Tri­cen­tia Academy af­ter­school event.

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